Hibernian match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Hibernian
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United play their penultimate match of the Championship season as a four-team battle against relegation looks set to go down to the wire.

Ian McCall could not have picked harder opponents as champions Hibernian make the trip to Somerset Park, however, the Honest Men have held their own against Hibs this season, taking four points from three games. Despite wrapping up the league title before exiting the Scottish Cup, Neil Lennon’s side showed they are in no mood to down tools on Wednesday night when a last minute James Keatings free-kick earned the Hibees a 3-2 victory over Raith Rovers – a goal which could have great significance at the foot of the table.

The Kirkcaldy club travel to the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Saturday to face St. Mirren knowing a win will secure their Championship safety ahead of Ayr’s trip to Stark’s Park next weekend. The in-form Buddies, however, will be looking to put points on the board ahead of them facing Hibs at Easter Road on the final day of the season.

Two wins for Honest Men will offer Ian McCall’s side the lifeline of the play-offs – at worse – with an eighth or even seventh place finish still possible depending on other results. Ayr can’t be relegated this weekend but an inferior goal difference means tenth place would be all but certain, unless Raith were to beat St. Mirren in Paisley. Dumbarton are also not safe yet and they face Dundee United and Falkirk in their final two matches.

Hibernian wrapped up the league title with a 3-0 win over Queen of the South a fortnight ago and were in the Scottish Cup semi-final last weekend, narrowly losing 3-2 to Aberdeen despite conceding after just 12 seconds at Hampden. The Leith club are unbeaten in their last 8 Championship fixtures, winning four and drawing four.

Team News: Robbie Crawford is out injured however everyone else is fit and available.

Ian McCall says: “In our last two matches we have played two of the top four and taken two points however looking at both games that is the very least we should have taken so we know we can compete with the better teams. There are so many scenarios that can play out now but we are only focused on Saturdays game and getting a result for ourselves. We know what getting a win here could mean for our season. Training has been great this week, everyone obviously got a wee boost from Wednesdays result and we have absolutely everything to play for.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 20
Hibernian wins – 53

Hibs are unbeaten on their last five visits to Somerset Park on league duty, stretching back to April 1978.

Last Meeting: Saturday is the fifth meeting between the clubs this season and the second at Somerset Park. There has yet to be a home win in the three Championship match ups so far, with United taking four points from two visits to Easter Road and Hibernian recording a 3-0 win in Ayrshire in November.

The last meeting between the two sides came in the Scottish Cup in the capital last month and saw Neil Lennon’s side rush to a two-goal lead through John McGinn and Jason Cummings. Craig McGuffie pulled one back before half-time with a spectacular strike into the top corner but, after Scott McKenna was sent off for the Honest Men, the cup holders went on to win 3-1, James Keatings adding a goal in the second-half.

On this day: in 1989, Ayr United defeated St. Johnstone 1-0 in the last game ever played at Muirton Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Stephen Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Admission: £17 adults, £10 concessions, £5 under 16s

Hibernian tickets are available now from our club shop until kick off tomorrow.

Away turnstiles:
• Stand – 9 & 10
• Terracing – 2, 3 & 5

Home Supporters in the stand must enter through gates 11, 12 or 13.

We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park. Your support is vital. However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment. We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry.
Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website. http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you
Enjoy the game

Shop clearance update

CLUB SHOP CLEARANCE SALE UPDATE

A reminder to supporters that the MASSIVE BADGE CLEARANCE SALE in the club shop is scheduled to finish on Saturday 29th April.

Prices have been slashed on over 50 items with all of them at giveaway rock bottom prices.
Opening hours on Saturday 29th April are 9am – 5pm.

Open weekdays 12pm – 4pm
Tel: 01292 263435 Ext5 (during opening hours)

**Our 50% OFF ALL STOCK online sale finishes at midnight 30th April

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2/ LUNCH BOXES £2
3/ BABY DRINKING CUP £2
4/ PACKS BALLOONS £1
5/ PENCIL CASES £1
6/ MUGS £2
7/ LATTE MUGS £3
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Panda Pals coaching on Saturday

On Saturday we have our last home league match of the season against Hibernian.

Immediately following the match we are hosting a coaching session on the Somerset Park pitch for our Panda Pals season ticket holders.

Anyone who has a Panda Pals season ticket is welcome, please bring along the season ticket and also appropriate footwear ie football boots or trainers.

The session will last for between 45 mins and 1 hour.

After the final whistle head for the disabled area, in front of the family stand and the coaches will arrive shortly after the match to meet you.

Morton 1 Ayr Utd 1

Greenock Morton 1 v 1 Ayr United

Ayr had to settle for a point at Cappielow after a 1-1 draw in what was a tight affair. Lawrence Shankland put the home side ahead before Craig Moore responded right on halftime for the Honest Men.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side on 2 mins. A high ball was met by Shankland who held off Meggatt and fired a half volley towards goal which was just over from 20 yards out. On 14 mins Morton again went close when O’Ware met a corner from the right but his header was blocked on the line and then scrambled clear by Devlin.

After a quiet opening period for Ayr their first chance came on 21 mins when Forrest drove down the right-hand side and cut in before firing a shot wide of the right-hand post.

Morton then spurned another opportunity on 23 mins when Shankland met a long ball down the middle and from a one on one position he dragged his shot wide.

2 mins later and it was Michael Rose’s turn to try and open the scoring for the Honest Men. Harkins collected the ball on the left and passed to Rose whose low driven shot from 20 yards went just wide of the post with Gaston well beaten.

The home side finally opened the scoring on 37 mins. Oliver cut in from the left and his curling shot was deflected into the path of Shankland who had the simplest of tasks to poke the ball beyond Fleming.

Ayr responded to this right on the stroke of half time and hauled themselves level through Moore. Docherty took a quick freekick midway in the Ayr half and released Rose who drove forward and slipped the ball into Moore who unleashed a fierce drive into the far corner to equalise.

It was Morton with the first chance of the second half on 54 mins when Forbes cut in from the right and curled a shot towards goal which had to be palmed away by Fleming.

United skipper Devlin then had a great chance to give Ayr the lead on 59 mins. He won the break of the ball on the right and burst into the box but squirmed his shot wide of the target.

Moore then had a chance to double his tally on 70 mins when a Harkins flick on was met by the striker in the box. Moore then fired his shot from a tight angle over the bar.

The home side almost went in front on 79 mins when Forbes met a low cross from the left but he couldn’t get the correct contact on the ball and shot straight at Fleming.

1 min later and the best chance of the game came for Ayr to take all three points. Devlin collected the ball inside the area on the right and his pass across the 6 yard line was missed by 3 Ayr players who just couldn’t force the ball home.

The final chance of the match fell to Ayr’s substitute Kieran McDaid on 88 mins. Making space for himself on the edge of the box his shot was dragged harmlessly wide of goal.

The result leaves Ayr two points adrift of 9th place St Mirren and now welcome Champions, Hibernian to Somerset Park on Saturday.

Greenock Morton
Gaston, Kilday, Lamie, O’Ware, Doyle, Oliver, Forbes, Nesbitt, Tidser, Shankland, Murdoch. Substitutes Halliwell (GK), Oyenuga, Lindsay, Russell, McDonagh, Donnelly, Strapp.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Rose, Moore, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Gilmour, Murphy, McDaid, El Alagui, McGuffie.

Referee: Steven Kirkland
Attendance: 2390
Match Report: AUmedia

Club shop clearance sale

CLUB SHOP MASSIVE BADGE CLEARANCE SALE!!!!!

NEVER TO BE REPEATED PRICES , ALL STOCK MUST GO!!

FROM SATURDAY 22nd APRIL UNTIL AFTER HIBERNIAN HOME MATCH ON 29TH APRIL!!
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!!

SHOP OPEN THIS SATURDAY 22nd APRIL 9.30-12.30!!

Opening hours:
Sat 22nd April 9.30am -12.30pm
Mon to Fri 12pm – 4pm
Sat 29th April 11am – 3pm and again after the match.

1/ PACKS OF 4 PENS £2
2/ LUNCH BOXES £2
3/ BABY DRINKING CUP £2
4/ PACKS BALLOONS £1
5/ PENCIL CASES £1
6/ MUGS £2
7/ LATTE MUGS £3
8/ 5X3 FLAGS £3
9/ WINTER FLEECES £10
10/ ALL JUMPERS £10
11/ ALL UMBRELLAS £10
12/ DRESSING GOWNS ALL £10
13/ LUXURY BATH TOWELS £10
14/ MINI FOOTBALL £2
15/ PANDA MASCOT SOFT TOY £3
16/ ALL SLIPPERS £2 PER PAIR
17/ BIGSY BEAR LARGE SOFT TOY £5
18/ FRAMED PHOTOS £10
19/ CUSHIONS £3 EACH
20/ ALL BEACHWEAR £5
21/ ALL JACKETS £10
22/ ALL T SHIRTS £3 EACH
23/ TWIN PACK T SHIRTS £5
24/ BABY CUDDLE SACK £5
25/ BABY HOODIES £5
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34/ LADIES GILET £10
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37/ MUG/ SOCK/ KEYRING SET £5
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39/ ALL GLOVES £3 PAIR
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Morton preview & fans info

Match Preview
Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Greenock in the search of three vital points with just three games of the Championship season remaining. Even a win will not be enough to lift the Honest Men off the bottom of the table but, depending on other results, could be crucial to United’s survival hopes. Ian McCall’s side have fared better on the road this season, but have lost their last two away from home.

Morton have suffered a slump in form in recent weeks but need just two points from their remaining games to secure a play-off berth and still have second place in sight, lying three points behind Falkirk. The Ton have taken only two points from their last six games and have lost to United’s relegation rivals Raith, St. Mirren and Dumbarton this month. A 4-1 reverse at home to Renfrewshire rivals St. Mirren was particularly galling but was only their second reverse at Cappielow this season,

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship on Saturday, Dumbarton and St. Mirren travel to Dumfries and Dundee respectively, while Raith Rovers must wait until Wednesday to face Champions Hibernian.

Team News: Paddy Boyle comes back into the squad after suspension. Conrad Balatoni is also back after injury. Robbie Crawford will miss out but should be ok for next Saturday.

Ian McCall says: “I felt that we at least got a bit of pride back with a good performance last Saturday and were unlucky not to get the three points. We need the same desire and passion tomorrow and we know we are going to be roared on by an extremely noisy away support which will help. we have trained well this week, the boys are confident and we are really looking forward to it. There are still 9 points to play for however our sole focus right now is picking up 3 on Saturday.”

Head-to-Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 60
Draws – 31
Morton wins –49

Ton have won seven of the last eight matches between the side at Cappielow.
Last meeting: Morton stormed to an early 3-0 lead at a rain lashed Somerset Park when the sides last met, at the end of December. Ross Forbes scored in the 11th and 19th minute in front of the BBC Alba cameras, with Gary Oliver making it 3 on the half-hour. Jamie Adams pulled one back for the Honest Men before half-time but Gary Oliver finished the scoring when he made in 4-1.

The first two fixtures of the season ended 2-1 to the home side: Ayr won at Somerset Park in September with Alan Forrest and Paul Cairney scoring before Mark Russell was sent off and Forbes claimed a consolation but it was Morton who picked up all three points in the reverse fixture, late goals from Tom O’Ware and Gary Oliver cancelling out Kevin Nisbet’s opener.
On this day: in 1978, Ayr defeated Hibernian 2-0 in the Premier League.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill

Admission:
Adult – £18
Concession – £15
Child 12-16 years – £5
Child U12 – FREE ENTRY

Ayr fans will enter via the turnstiles at East Hamilton Street, next to Arnold Clark and will be in covered end of Cowshed, Standing. Toilets and fast food available. Also available to Ayr supporters is Main Stand section.

All enter via East Hamilton St and exit via East Hamilton Street

Disabled access via Main Gate in Sinclair Street. Disabled area is a shared area.

Buses drop off at Arnold Clark, then head west on A8 to McDonald roundabout. U Turn head east on A8 to Sinclair Street and park in car park. DO NOT DROP OFF IN CAR PARK. Buses free. Cars 3 pounds.

10 mins before end of game supporters buses to return to drop off and uplift passengers

Strict entry conditions- under the influence- refusal. Pyros-arrest if detected
Zero tolerance as regards abuse towards stewards or staff
Banners can be displayed at direction of stewards. Must be presented for inspection prior to entry
Drums permitted- inspected prior to entry- clear skin drums only

1 mins applause at kick off- GMFC have suffered the loss of 2 people close to the heart of the club in the last 10 days. 1 staff member and a Supporters Club Official.

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Ayr Utd 0 Dundee Utd 0

The Honest Men were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Dundee United in what was a tightly contested match at Somerset Park

The first chance of the match fell to the home side on 5 mins. Harkins picked up the ball midway in the Dundee United half and drove forward before taking a strike towards goal which was straight into the arms of Bell.

The first real chance of the match for the away side came on 15 mins when they broke into the Ayr box from the left hand side however Rose was there to block the shot and clear.

In an unusual set of circumstances, referee Crawford Allan hobbled off injured after an accidental collision with Cairney on 17 mins and was replaced by 4th official Grant Irvine.

Ayr had another chance on 25 mins when Devlin burst down the right and crossed into the box for Forrest who passed the ball along to McGuffie however his shot was blocked inside the area.

Ayr were creating the more chances of the two sides and on 38 mins Forrest had a chance. A corner into the box was cleared and met Forrest on the edge of the area but he could not control his volley and it went over the bar.

Dundee United had a chance of their own 2 mins later when a ball into the box was met by Spittal who saw his strike go wide of the target.

On 45 mins it was Murray who was causing Ayr problems, breaking away from the halfway line only to be denied by Fleming from a one on one position. Moments later and the striker burst down the right with the ball and cut in before seeing his shot saved by Fleming once more.

The first chance of the second half fell to Meggatt on 54 mins. A corner was swung in by McGuffie and it was met by Meggatt who had his clean header saved comfortably by Bell. 4 mins later and Devlin was next to test the goalkeeper. McGuffie drove down the right before passing to Devlin who cut inside the box and fired a shot towards goal which was tipped over the bar by Bell.

The away side had a chance on 66 mins to take the lead. Spittal ran down the left and into the box before taking a shot which was palmed away by Fleming and met by Murray who saw his rebound deflected wide of goal for a corner.

Ayr were under a bit of pressure and the away side had another chance on 79 mins. Murray met a corner inside the area with a header that was cleared off the line by Meggatt and then Edjenguele had a shot inside the box that went over the bar.

Ayr had a flurry of chances in the space of three minutes, the first coming on 83 mins when Docherty had a shot from 20 yards which was saved low by Fleming. From the resultant corner Harkins had a header at the near post which scraped just wide and on 84 mins McDaid saw his shot from the right blocked before Forrest had his rebound saved.

The final chance of the match fell to Harkins on 90 mins. Ayr won a freekick 20 yards out and Harkins’ effort deflected off the ball and crashed back off the crossbar as Ayr looked like they had snatched the win.

Ayr now travel to Greenock on Saturday to play Morton in what is another massive game in the fight for survival.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Rose, Murphy, Moore, Forrest, Harkins, Cairney, Meggatt, McGuffie, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), Gilmour, McDaid, El Alagui, McKenzie, Wardrope, L. Murphy.

Dundee United
Bell, Durnan, Spittal, Murdoch, Murray, Edjenguele, Toshney, Mikkelson, Andreu, Robson, Allardice. Substitutes Zwick (GK), Dixon, Donaldson, Nicholls, Telfer, Kuate, Coote.

Referee: Crawford Allan/Grant Irvine
Attendance: 1205
Match Report: AUmedia

New Ayr United badge

The votes have been counted and we can now unveil what will be our new club badge from the 1st of July.

The winning entry was sent to us by Jamie Stevenson, a United diehard who now lives in Peru. Jamie attended his first match in 1979 and from the mid 1980s designed the matchday programme. For the last five years he has lived in Peru and feels like he never misses a game home or away thanks to Ayr United Media.

Commercial manager Graeme Miller said :”Nobody wanted to change our badge however when left with no option I think the route we chose to take has been a hugely positively one.

We visited numerous local schools with our players and mascot Pandamonium and the response from the kids was incredible. Hundreds of entries were sent in from local youngsters and hopefully the excitement generated when we visited them will have given them an interest in the club for the future.

The winning entry received 48% of the total vote, with badge 3 (the anchor) coming second with 25%.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send an entry in and well done to all who made the shortlist.

A special thank you must go to Alistair Cole and Scott Plain who designed ‘the anchor badge’ and brought a lot of fun to the process with their campaign.”

Free travel to Cappielow

On Saturday we travel to Greenock to face Morton in what is a huge match for the club.

Our away supports in recent times have been incredible in both numbers and noise and we need both on Saturday.

To help the team in taking as big an away support as possible the board of directors have agreed to subsidise 5 buses in conjunction with our Travel Club which will mean free travel for everyone.

The first 3 buses will be leaving the Somerset Park car park at 12.45pm and Hawkhill Bowling Club (next to the car park) are opening at 11am and welcoming our supporters before the buses leave, and on return.

Seats must be booked and are already going fast. To book seats on the buses contact Jamie on 07792747354, Jeanne on 07599289517 or Lisa on 07599289514.